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A lifetime fishing philosophy for kids and adults alike

A lifetime fishing philosophy for kids and adults alike

Whether it’s bass, walleyes, pike, or perch… in any weather at any age, angling can bond parents and kids, friends and mere acquaintances, or even perfect strangers.

May 2015
Appreciating the USA after fishing in England

Appreciating the USA after fishing in England

The author visited the United Kingdom last week and reminds readers: Don’t take public access to lakes, streams, and angling opportunities for granted in the United States.

May 2015
Old reliable jig fishing options for walleyes after opener

Old reliable jig fishing options for walleyes after opener

Why long-shanked and short-shanked jigs tipped with live bait remain a go-to option for every self-respecting north-country walleye fisherman.

May 2015
Walleye, pike, and panfish tips from my favorite fishing pros

Walleye, pike, and panfish tips from my favorite fishing pros

From live-bait rigging to jigs to slip-bobbers, here are some open water angling tricks from the likes of Gary Roach, Mark Martin, and Bob Propst

May 2015
The science behind catch and release

The science behind catch and release

I recently had the privilege to attend a lecture on the science of catch and release by Dr. Steven J. Cooke, who is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton University

April 2015
Jerkbaits the ticket for spring bass fishing

Jerkbaits the ticket for spring bass fishing

When Minnesota’s early catch-and-release bass season opens May 9, don’t forget to tie on a jerkbait

April 2015
Talking open water fishing line: Braid vs. fluorocarbon vs. monofilament

Talking open water fishing line: Braid vs. fluorocarbon vs. monofilament

Which angling line when? Use all three for the proper fishing application in a given sportfishing situation.

April 2015
Chinook key in Lake Michigan harbor survey

Chinook key in Lake Michigan harbor survey

Thanks to the work of DNR biologists, Lake Michigan anglers have gotten a glimpse of what’s happening with major sportfish in and around the Chicago harbors.

April 2015
Slab frenzy! Prime time for ice-out crappies 2015

Slab frenzy! Prime time for ice-out crappies 2015

Shallow fishing techniques for spring slabs are the norm, but check bay breaklines while watching water temperatures closely!

March 2015
Boat Prep 101

Boat Prep 101

With another open-water fishing season approaching, it’s time to think about getting the boat out of storage and begin the process of prepping it for another year.

March 2015
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